Woman Leaves Son Unattended; Tied to Bush

According to police a Spring Valley woman was arrested after allegedly leaving her son tied to a bush outside of an apartment building where she was babysitting. Police stated that around 9:00 AM Tuesday morning 22-year old Mery Quinde-Castro was working for a family at Blueberry Hill Condominiums in Spring Valley when she left her son unattended and tied to a bush outside using a leash tied to a backpack. The woman claimed that she was only gone for a minute though witnesses reported to police that it was over a half-hour, and officials stated that the child could not be seen or heard from the apartment. Quinde-Castro was charged with a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, after neighbors called the police when they spotted the boy alone. Police believed that the mother was having trouble finding child care for her son, who family described as energetic and often needing to be on a leash for his safety. She was released on $2,500 bail after arraignment.

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